Daniel Bergner writes about an Orthodox Jewish social worker who treats sexual problems in ultra-Orthodox women referred for treatment by their rabbis. The article nicely conveys a sense of the challenges this work presents.
I'd have let the matter drop [his UFO skepticism], but there was one email I want to share, almost beautiful in its simplicity, from reader Charles Yates. It struck me because it conveys a thought I've never seen expressed before. Here it is, in its entirety:
I'm very skeptical when I heard about Roswell years ago. This ufo traveled from distant galaxies, and then when it gets to Earth it......crashes??
Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, has died at age 83. Banks was a beloved figure in Chicago and one of baseball's all-time greats. Beginning a couple of years back, I often saw Banks hanging out at Bongiorno's Pizza on Wabash. I believe he lived next door at the Trump Tower.
Just a couple of weeks ago, I was walking by the place and realized that I hadn 't seen Banks in quite some time. Perhaps his health had been failing.
I've been meaning to comment on that not-going-to-pass proposal for free community college. My comment is that I have many thoughts, but no opinion on the proposal. Reader and pseudonymous blogger, Gabriel Conroy shared some of his thoughts on the discussion here.
Stomp on the gas in a new Ford Mustang or F-150 and you'll hear a meaty, throaty rumble — the same style roar that Americans have associated with auto power and performance for decades.
It's a sham. The engine growl in some of America's best-selling cars and trucks is actually a finely tuned bit of lip-syncing, boosted through special pipes or digitally faked altogether. And it's driving car enthusiasts insane...
Fake engine noise has become one of the auto industry's dirty little secrets, with automakers from BMW to Volkswagen turning to a sound-boosting bag of tricks. Without them, today's more fuel-efficient engines would sound far quieter and, automakers worry, seemingly less powerful, potentially pushing buyers away.
Car companies are increasingly wary of alerting buyers that they might not be hearing the real thing, and many automakers have worked with audio and software engineers to make their cars' synthesized engine melody more realistic. Volkswagen uses what's called a "Soundaktor," a special speaker that looks like a hockey puck and plays sound files in cars like the GTI and Beetle Turbo. Lexus worked with sound technicians at Yamaha to more loudly amplify the noise of its LFA supercar toward the driver seat.
I'm good with quiet, but I can appreciate that it may not be the best way to sell more cars.
He looked up just as I snapped. Not the best light and not as sharp as I'd hoped, but sometimes the L vibration gets the better of me. Looking behind the image in Photoshop levels, things aren't pretty even after adjustments, but still, I like the shot because of the subjects.
A selfie taken by a group of Miss Universe contestants isn’t normally something that makes international news, but a recent photo showing Miss Israel posing alongside a smiling Miss Lebanon has bucked the trend.
The innocent image was taken by Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, who posted it onto her Instagram account. Social media users soon noticed that Lebanon’s Saly Greige was standing next to her, which led to some angy Lebanese folk calling for their country’s contestant to be stripped of her title for ‘consorting with the enemy’.
Miss Lebanon offered a shameful response to the controversey. Photo and story
Some 2,000 traffic cops in the Philippine capital are being asked to wear adult diapers during next week's visit by Pope Francis to the predominately Roman Catholic country. So, some of them will no doubt feel relieved that they've got a place to go during what promises to be a particularly long and grueling stint at their posts. Others might prefer to just hold it.